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Birmingham Royal Ballet Autumn Mixed Bill – Birmingham Hippodrome

Choreographers: Jack Lister, Cathy Marston, Twyla Tharp Reviewer: John Kennedy A Brief Nostalgia reveals two vertical, concreted-texture slabs. A vicious, horizontal fusillade of power-shadowed lighting splays the six dancers flaying in a dystopian matrix nightmare. Well, Birmingham Royal Ballet (BRB) just wouldn’t have it any other way when inviting the Queensland (Australia) Ballet to nimble/stomp tread their guest-spot balletic brilliance on the ...

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Romeo and Juliet – Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury

Director & Choreographer: Sir Matthew Bourne Music: Sergei Prokofiev Reviewer: Victoria Bawtree Romeo and Juliet is the New Adventures production company’s latest premiere and, as you might expect, it leaves tradition behind and reimagines the classic story in a way that leaves its audience experiencing something oddly familiar but strangely new. The luscious plum-coloured curtain that hangs at the beginning ...

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Astana Ballet Presents – Royal Opera House, London

Choreographers: Mukaram Avakhri, Tati Aigul, Ricardo Amarante Reviewer: Maryam Philpott Breaking things down into bite-sized chunks makes everything more digestible, and the arts is no exception. Before launching into War and Peace, you might start with a few short stories, likewise with ballet before tackling the classics, multi-performance programmes are a chance to sample different choreographic styles. For Kazakhstan’s Astana ...

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Swan Lake – New Theatre, Cardiff

English Youth Ballet Music:  Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Original Choreography: Marius Petipa Adaptor: Janet Lewis Reviewer: Barbara Michaels One of the most popular of full-length classical ballet, and technically most demanding, Swan Lake has been performed countless times by world-famous companies such the Bolshoi, Kirov, and The Royal Ballet.  To dance the ballet, even in an adaptation, is a considerable challenge ...

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Matthew Bourne’s Romeo and Juliet – Saddler’s Wells, London

Choreographer/Director: Matthew Bourne Music: Sergei Prokofiev Reviewer: Sophia Moss In the not so distant future, a group of young men and women dance in pairs underneath a UFO-shaped chandelier. The dancing is rigid and stiff under the watchful eye of the uniformed guards – one hand up, one hand on wait and box step -, but turns into a loose, ...

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Victoria – New Theatre, Cardiff

ballet dancers dressed as queen victoria and prince albert

Northern Ballet with The National Ballet of Canada Choreography, Direction and Scenario: Cathy Marston Music: Philip Feeney Reviewer; Barbara Michaels The recent spate of Victoria TV series and documentaries – to be expected in celebration of the bicentenary of the monarch’s birth - works in some respects as a precursor for a portrayal in another genre, so to some extent ...

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Beats on Pointe – Peacock Theatre, London

Creative Director: Jennifer Master Directors: Milo and Jennifer Masters Reviewer: Maryam Philpott The fusion of two very different styles can be transformational, seeing opposing ideas uniquely combined can be both dynamic and inspirational. Milo and Jennifer Master’s decision to unite ballet and hip hop in a single dance show is a genuinely interesting concept, one with potential appeal to fans ...

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Northern Ballet: The Great Gatsby – The Lowry, Salford

Music: Sir Richard Rodney Bennett CBE Writer: F. Scott Fitzgerald Choreographer and Director: David Nixon OBE Conductor: John Pryce-Jones Reviewer: Jo Beggs Any adaptation of The Great Gatsby promises so much. After all, it’s a sparkling novel, packed with powerful visual imagery, smouldering sensuality, passion and colour. It has the glitz of 1920s New York City, and the languid Summer ...

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